Kamut is an ancestor of durum wheat and it was discovered in Egypt 5000 years ago. Kamut has 20 to 30% more protein than wheat, more magnesium, zinc and iron.
It contains less gluten than spelt so it is lighter for baking.
White rice, similar to brown rice, has been refined so that all of the goodness has been removed. It is not healthy and few people understand this. White rice is one of the 4 white foods that should be avoided and replaced with brown rice in your diet.
- White flour
- White sugar
- White rice
- White pasta
They are all nutritionally void, spike the glycemic levels way up and are acidifying to the body.
As a Naturopath, many of my clients ask me, "what about basmati white rice"? It is not part of our healthy whole grain list. It is still refined white rice. Basmati, is simply the flavor or odor goes of the rice. Eat brown basmati rice.
Buckwheat grows without the need for fertilizer. When planted, it takes all of the nutrients out of the soil.
It is rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. It is a tonic for veins and capillaries and it is excellent for varicose veins.
It is high in B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Corn of course has been genetically modified so it is best to only eat organic corn. Popcorn, and anything made with corn or corn flour should be organic.
Barley is high in minerals. There are 2 kinds of barley, pearled barley which has been polished. Similar to refining the bran and germ has been removed. Pot barley or scotch barley is much better as it has not been polished so all the nutrients are still intact.
Quinoa is actually a seed but cooks up like a grain, so I have added it to our whole grain list. It deserves it's own complete page as it is one of the best, nutritious, most versatile, fast and easy to cook grains available.
Enjoy your whole grains in moderation with every meal. Fill half to two thirds of your plate with vegetables, the other half or one third with good quality protein and good quality whole grains.